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Dos and Don’ts of Termite Prevention

An infestation of termites can be devastating if left untreated, as termites eat away at wood and can cause structural damage to your home which is expensive to repair. There are certain measures you can take to prevent termites in your home, or keep the damage from becoming worse. Here are a few of the best:

1. Do Call a Professional When an Infestation Occurs

If you have already noticed termites in your home, it is essential to call for termite control such as Chet’s Pest immediately to take care of it. Failure to do so will escalate the problem and make it more expensive to fix later on.

2. Don’t Use Chemicals You Can’t Trust

There are some home remedies you can use from a hardware store to prevent termites, but the EPA only recommends using those that have been approved for use in the home. If you are unsure, call in a professional service instead.

3. Do Fix Cracks and Holes

Termites, and other pests, frequently enter homes through holes, cracks, and crevices. It is essential for proper termite control to fix these wherever they see them, both inside and outside the home.

4. Do Keep Wood Away From Soil

Wood is the main draw for termites and exposure to soil is a main way they enter homes. Be sure to keep all wood in the exterior of your home out of contact with soil. Some pest control companies may even build a small moat around your home to accomplish this.

5. Don’t Store Wood or Mulch Near the House

This will attract more termites and make it more likely for them to travel over to the home. Keep wood piles, mulch, or lumber stored safely away from buildings and off the ground.

By following these steps, taking preventative measures, and calling in a professional at the first sign of a termite infestation, you can keep your home free of pests for many years to come.

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